Curriculum Grade 7 Religion/Social Studies
7th Grade Religion
Text: Be My Disciples, Pflam Gospel Weekly publication
This year’s formal study focuses on our Catholic belief.
Knowing our Catholic creed and the mysteries of God’s revelation as they are taught to us by the Church are essential to our faith and give us our Catholic identity.
In this course on the creed, we will be exploring not just human knowledge. We will be entering into the very knowledge of God himself; we will be probing the mysteries of the divine life to which God has called us. We are a people of faith seeking understanding.
Key points we will touch on are:
- the search for God
- the universal practice of religion
- God’s revelation to us
- Scripture and tradition
- seeking the truth
- faith - a gift from God and a participation in his life
- God and reason; faith and science
- the transcendence of God
- the Blessed Trinity
- created in God’s image, body, and soul; the evolution of faith
- Jesus, both God and man; the historical Jesus
7th Grade Social Studies
Curriculum Text: To complement the Social Studies curriculum in Seventh Grade, we use the Glencoe textbook Medieval and Early Modern Times, which conforms with the California State Framework. There are three main strands stressed in the framework. They are knowledge and understanding, civic understanding, and skills development.
The Seventh Grade curriculum continues world history and geography with an examination of social, cultural, and technological change during the period A.D. 500-1789. We begin with a study of the ways archaeologists and historians uncover the past. Then with the fall of Rome, this study moves to Islam, a rising force in the medieval world; follows the spread of Islam through Africa; moves eastward to compare the civilizations of China and Japan during the Middle Ages; returns to comparative study of Europe during the High Middle Ages; and concludes with the turbulent age of the Renaissance, Reformation, and Scientific Revolution that ushered in the Enlightenment and the modern world.
The units are focused on the great civilizations that were developing concurrently over these years. By developing world maps and timelines, students can locate these cultures in time and in place, compare events that were developing concurrently in the world, and observe the transmission of ideas, beliefs, scientific developments, and economic trade throughout this important period of history.
Specific projects for the year will include but are not limited to, Islamic art unit, and World Religion Report.